There's a growing concern regarding the chemicals being placed in our family’s lives. It seems that we are fighting a war in every area from the food that we eat, to the air that we breathe, and the clothes that we wear in our ability to keep chemicals out of our lives. These chemicals aren't just a danger to us, they're a danger to the environment as a whole.
According to Commerce Energy, “up to 97% of
the pollution in this country is caused by our polluting power sources.”
However, one person can make a big difference in helping cut down the
environmental and familial dangers of chemicals just by making a few small
The most simple of these
changes are those that take place within our very own living spaces.
In our home, we can make a
drastic change starting in the family room. Start by turning off lights and
electronics when you're not using them and replacing light bulbs with energy
efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Next, we can cut down on
energy usage by replacing light switches with dimmer controls.
Next stop is the kitchen.
This room is loaded with appliances. Energy Star rated appliances cost a little
more but you will save money in the long run. Even better, most of the
energy-saving appliances are tax deductible in the form of green energy tax
credits. After switching to more efficient appliances, the next task is to use
smaller appliances such as your microwave, slow cooker, or toaster instead of
using the stove, which consumes a lot more energy. Turning off the
high-temperature settings and allowing dishes to air dry in your dishwasher is
another quick and easy way to cut energy costs and reduce your carbon
Now to the bathroom. Water
heaters are one of the most energy-consuming appliances we utilize on a daily
basis. A great start is to begin budgeting for an energy efficient water heater
but if that's not in the budget, insulating your water pipes is a good start.
By insulating your pipes, it enables them to retain the heat within them thus
reducing the workload required to heat water from room temperature. A low flow
shower head is another budget friendly addition and it'll not only conserve water, but
save you a few bucks on your utility bills.
How about the laundry room?
Special racks in your basement allow you to hang dry your clothes to
conserve energy use. Another option is in the warmer months during spring
and summer hang a line outside. This uses no energy from fossil fuels and it's
incredibly efficient, not to mention cheap.
When our children are grown
they'll look back on the decisions we made today in either a positive or
negative light. Wouldn't it be nice to know that we made a
difference and positively impacted their future.